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Some geese do not sound like geese in any respect. Some, just like the Harlequin, squeak. Harlequins are distinctive in different methods, too. Fast and agile in dashing white water, they dive to the underside of mountain streams for meals, and use fast-flowing rivers for breeding. For those who’re fortunate sufficient to identify a Harlequin Duck, you could guess the way it received its title. Wearing vivid multi-colored patches, Harlequin is the jester of conventional Italian comedy.

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The Hardy Harlequin

Written by Todd Peterson

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[Call of the Harlequin Duck]
Some geese don’t sound like geese in any respect. Some — just like the Harlequin — squeak, incomes them the nick title of “sea mice.”
[Call of the Harlequin Duck]
Harlequins are distinctive within the duck world in different methods as properly. Alone amongst North American waterfowl, Harlequins breed alongside fast-flowing rivers and streams. Fast and agile in dashing white water, they dive to the underside of mountain streams for meals.
[Rush of fast flowing stream]
What sort of a reputation is “Harlequin” for a duck? For those who’re fortunate sufficient to identify certainly one of these uncommon birds in winter, maybe alongside a rocky shore of the Puget Sound in Washington or Penobscot Bay in Maine, you could guess the reply.
[Waves on rocky shore]
Wearing multi-colored patches, Harlequin is the jester of conventional Italian comedy. The male duck with the jester’s title is simply as placing, along with his slate-blue feathers and vivid white, black, and chestnut markings.
The rigorous lives of Harlequins require nice adaptability – transitioning from recent water to salt, from meals of caddis fly larvae to crabs and barnacles. Some, in reality, migrate by touring immediately downstream from the mountains to the ocean. Fixed, nonetheless, is their unmatched skill to swim and feed within the turbulent waters the place they dwell.
[Call of the Harlequin Duck]

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Calls of Harlequin Duck supplied by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by G.M. Bell
Producer: John Kessler
Govt Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     October 2016/2022    Narrator: Mary McCann

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